Explore is an ongoing series aimed at everyone, including developmentally challenged adults. It goes beyond a storytime, using lively multimedia tools — such as video clips from YouTube and library DVDs and audio recordings, as well as books and “craftivities” — in a quest for fun and lifelong learning.
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Library programs and events are things we do not only because we enjoy doing them, but because they fulfill a need in our community. I have, however, oftentimes heard a disgruntled colleague or two claim that programs do little to encourage the use of the library. This, of course, is a matter of philosophical debate in the profession and is not likely to be resolved anytime soon. I would argue — as, I suspect, would many of you — that programs are use of the library.
We spend a lot of time in libraryland talking about literacy. And there are an awful lot of literacy skills to learn and teach: pre-literacy skills, visual literacy, numeracy, cultural literacy, information and computer or digital literacy…whew! But one of the most overlooked and underappreciated literacy skills is the one we use almost constantly from the time we are born: kinetic literacy, also known as physical literacy.
Springfield (Mass.) City Library is one of 10 libraries taking part in an intensive 18-month training in the “turning outward” approach. Here, Mason Square Branch Supervisor Ted McCoy talks about the importance of getting outside in your community.
Red Hook (N.Y.) Public Library is one of 10 libraries taking part in an intensive 18-month training in the “turning outward” approach through ALA's Libraries Transforming Communities initiative. Here, Library Director Erica Freudenberger describes how her library's work with the Harwood Institute is helping them step outside their normal routine and bring services to those who need them.
The ALA Annual Conference always has a lot of session options to choose from. Librarians wear many hats, so sometimes it’s difficult to choose which one to wear at conference. If you were or were not at conference and missed something geared toward programming librarians, you’re in luck. Here’s my hat trick (top three) for you to try on for size.